Holy Week Church Services
The following churches and places have scheduled services during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday, March 23:
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 18630 S.E. Division St.
10:30 a.m. Palm/Passion Sunday, March 16. This Sunday prepares us for the time of Jesus' suffering. Worship begins with a procession of palm branches.
Maundy Thursday, March 20. 6 p.m. soup, 7 p.m. worship service. Eat and worship with the congregation of the Cherry Park Presbyterian Church, 348 Cherry Park Road, Troutdale (let the church office know if you would like to carpool). Ancient Hebrews, and Jewish people today, celebrate Passover commemorating the plague that 'passed over,' sparing Hebrew boys while killing those who were not Hebrews. Jesus was celebrating Passover with his disciples at what Christians call the Last Supper. Remember the beginnings of Christian faith by partaking in the Eucharist, a meal instituted by Jesus as he said (mandated; from Latin 'mandatum' root of Maundy) to his disciples, 'This do, remembering me.'
7 p.m. Good Friday Service of Shadows, March 21.
On this night, the sanctuary has been stripped of ornamentation, as if in mourning, and the church observes a service of tenebrae, a word that means 'darkness' or 'shadows' that focuses attention on the darkness of a world without Jesus. The sanctuary will be lighted only by a few candles, which will be extinguished as the biblical story of Jesus' passion is read. End of this service reflects Christian faith.
Saturday, March 22, The Great Vigil of Easter: 5:30 p.m. soup, 7 p.m. worship. Tonight, church begins in darkness and moves toward the light - in fact, toward The Light - as its awaits the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.
6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday: Area-wide service at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett (see notice for Menucha).
10:30 a.m. service Easter Sunday at Covenant.
East Hill Church offers 11 services from Good Friday through Easter Sunday.
'The Edge of Grace'
East Hill Central, 701 N. Main Ave.
7 p.m. Friday, March 21; 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22; 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Easter Sunday.
'Path of the Paragon'
East Hill Café, 50 N.W. Fifth Street.
9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Easter Sunday.
'Last New Will and Testament'
East Hill Classic, 539 N. Main Ave.
8: a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Easter Sunday.
Info: www.easthill.org or 503-661-4444.
Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 S.E. Market St., Portland.
8 and 10:30 a.m. services Palm Sunday, March 16.
7:15 p.m. service Maundy Thursday, March 20.
7:15 p.m. service Good Friday, March 21.
7: 15 p.m. service Easter Vigil, March 22.
8 and 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday services. Breakfast served from 9 to 10:15 a.m. 10 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt.
The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., Portland.
7:30 p.m. Mass, Holy Thursday, March 20. The Grotto's regularly scheduled noon Mass is not celebrated Holy Thursday.
3 p.m. Good Friday, March 21, Via Matris - The Way of Our Sorrowful Mother. This traditional Servite devotion follows the pattern of the Stations of the Cross, offering a time of prayer and reflection upon the Seven Sorrows of Mary.
7:30 p.m. Good Friday, March 21, celebration of the Lord's Passion. The regularly scheduled noon Mass is not celebrated Good Friday.
8 p.m. Holy Saturday, March 22, vigil service. The regularly scheduled 8 a.m. Mass is not celebrated Holy Saturday.
10 a.m. and noon Easter Sunday masses.
Greater Portland Baptist Church, 17800 S.E. Main St., Portland, presents an original production 10:45 a.m. Easter Sunday. 'Jesus Christ: Champion of Love' features both new and familiar songs sung by the adult choir and Kids of Praise children's choir. Dramatic narration and music.
Childcare is available. Service will be interpreted for the deaf.
Info: 503-761-1136 or visit www.gpbcweb.org.
Gresham Bible Church, at Dexter McCarty Middle School, 1400 S.E. Fifth St.
10:30 a.m. service Easter Sunday.
Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 Historic Columbia River Highway.
Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Presbyterian Churches of East Multnomah County and Menucha.
Fresh Hot Crossed Buns included.
Info: 503-695-2243 or call the Rev. Tom Young, pastor of Cherry Park Presbyterian Church, Troutdale, at 503-667-6567.
River of Life Lutheran Church, behind Safeway in the Cherry Park Market Center, 2477 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale.
8:30 and 11 a.m. Easter Sunday.
River of Life's worship includes a live band, children's church and encouraging messages.
Info: 503-667-3141 or visit www.roll.org.
Rockwood United Methodist Church, 17805 S.E. Stark St.
Good Friday service at 7 p.m., March 21. 'Were You There' will focus on the 14 Stations of the Cross.
5 p.m. Saturday praise service will examine what happened on the Saturday between the crucifixion and the resurrection.
10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday worship.
The Rev. Julie Davis will base her message 'Is this Anyway to End a Gospel?' on the Gospel of Mark. Children's choir will sing along with the chancel choir. A children's Easter Egg Hunt follows the service.
Info: 503-665-8764 or e-mail rockwoodumc@msn.
St Luke Episcopal Church, 120 S.W. Towle Ave.
Palm Sunday, March 16
9 a.m. Outdoor Chartres Labyrinth on Palm Sunday, March 16. Holy Eucharist service follows in the sanctuary.
6 p.m. Maundy Thursday, March 20. Meet in parish hall for soup and bread supper with service.
5-7 p.m. Good Friday, March 21, Chartres Labyrinth Walk
7 p.m. service in sanctuary.
7 p.m. Easter Saturday, March 22, vigil service.
9 a.m. Easter Sunday, Holy Eucharist service.
Info: 503-665-9442 or www.saintlukes
Zion United Church of Christ, 2025 N.E. 23rd St.
6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, March 20, service starting with a simple meal followed by worship and communion.
Good Friday, March 21, sanctuary will be open for prayer, meditation and readings noon to 1:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday service.
Faith United Methodist Church, 27400 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale, will hold a Lenten prayer service with a labyrinth walk at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 19.
The church will offer worship with communion at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, March 20, and a 10:30 a.m. service with a special soloist on Easter Sunday, March 23.